MEGA RESHUFFLE 9 new faces likely to be inducted into ministry
The expansion of the Union Ministry is likely to see the induction of several new faces, many of them new to ministerial experience at the central level. Seven of the new faces are from the northern states and only two from the south. Two of the new induc
WITH an expansion and reshuffle of the Union Ministry scheduled for 10.30 am Sunday, dozens of names of new entrants were speculated upon throughout Saturday, but by late evening nine names emerged as certainties.
They are Shiv Pratap Shukla (UP), Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Bihar), Virendra Kumar (MP), Anantkumar Hegde (Karnataka), Raj Kumar Singh (Bihar), Hardeep Singh Puri (former IFS officer), Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Rajasthan), Satya Pal Singh (UP) and Alphons Kannanthanam (Kerala).
Considering that most of these names were not in the speculative lists, another surprise or two from PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah is always likely. The PM and the BJP president were giving final touches to the exercises.
The composition of the list above gives the lie to some of the pointers provided by pundits in the last two days. Two of the names above, Choubey and RK Singh, are MPs from Bihar, but neither is from the JD(U), which recently hitched its wagon to the NDA. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said he was not even spoken to about the ministerial expansion.
Other allies such as the Shiv Sena were also not consulted. Nor does any AIADMK name figure in the list, which puts paid to speculation that the party was poised to enter the NDA and the ministry.